Penn campus supporting women's team

Posted: March 20, 2014

The Penn women's basketball team (22-6, 12-2 Ivy) will be making its first appearance in the NCAA Tournament in a decade, following this year's Ivy League championship. Senior Courtney Wilson and freshman Sydney Stipanovich will write a daily diary for the Daily News throughout the team's run in the tournament.

Walking into class following Selection Monday, the atmosphere was a little different. People were approaching me not about an assignment due, but instead, they were super excited and encouraging about the coming game.

A couple of minutes into class, a professor slowly grabbed a school newspaper out of his bag and acknowledged our team's Ivy League championship and 12-seed in the NCAA Tournament. His enthusiasm reflected that of the entire campus; people are excited and proud of our accomplishments and the bright journey ahead. It was just a small glimpse into the overwhelming response by the Penn student body and family.

As we gathered in our locker room to get ready for practice, good vibes were flowing. We put on our sneakers and chatted about the positive atmosphere around campus.

The focus of practice was about us and keeping the team unity that helped to define our success.

Following practice we got the details of the coming trip to College Park, Md. for Sunday's game vs. Texas, which only augmented our anticipation. As we prepare for our game, our friends, family and school are also making their plans to join us on this journey. Taking it one step at a time, we are focused and gearing up to go dancing.

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